How lucky we are to have our healthcare

I’m not one to get involved in politics, at all. But occasionally something does make me stop and think about how lucky we are to have our healthcare system in the UK.  This weekend, Lia has been quite poorly. It started of just as conjunctivitis, but she has ended up with a terribly swollen eye, a temperature and a really heavy cold.  Because she is so young, Lia just doesn’t seem to be coping very well with what could be a cold or the flu. She has been really quite lethargic and just hasn’t been herself at all.  On Friday,…

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A living legend

On Easter Sunday, I woke up in our tent. I was quite cold and I hadn’t had much sleep owing to sharing with someone who hadn’t quite got to grips with sleeping in the fresh air.  As I sat around feeling sorry for myself, an email came through on my phone. The email said that Sir Ranulph Fiennes was about to start the Marathon des Sables. This is generally accepted to be the toughest race on earth. Sir Ranulph Fiennes is 71 years old. And I am a total loser for moaning about camping.  I went to listen to Sir…

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What’s your story?

Last  night, hubby and I were watching the Graham Norton Show and we got talking about what our story would be if we were in the red chair. If you don’t watch Graham Norton, the idea is this. You sit on a red chair and tell a short story. If it’s engaging and entertaining, you are allowed to finish your story. If it’s utter drivel or you’re just plain dull, you get unceremoniously ejected.  So in the name of entertainment, I’ve decided to tell you my story. On a hot summer’s afternoon, I decided to take my dogs for a…

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Dear waistline, I miss you…

Back in early November, we bought a packet of mince pies and decided that it was time to start our Christmas eating. So, Christmas came and went and we had our trip to Bluestone booked for last week. So of course, Christmas eating continued until the end of the holiday. And then it was the weekend, who wants to eat healthily at the weekend?  But, today is Monday. Christmas is finally over and it’s time to reacquaint myself with my waistline. Yes, I know. That’s two months worth of Christmas. If I didn’t stop now I’d have to keep it up for the whole…

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Wow, what a day

Today has been another hectic yet fantastic day at Bluestone National Park. We started off the morning with messy play for both children. Of course, the idea was that they could get messy. All the children got messy, within reason. Only my two took it to this extreme.  The messy play was great, everything was edible and there were a variety of things to do including painting, non-Newtonian fluid (cornflower solution), glittery things, jelly, custard and water.  Libby took it all very seriously, as she tends to do.  Lia also had fun, causing both mess and chaos in her own…

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Happy New Year

This year has once again been a bit of a whirlwind. We’ve gained a cat and a baby and sadly lost a dog. I’ve made the big jump to being freelance and our girls are becoming the firmest of friends.  Libby has changed so much in the past 12 months, and of course Lia has grown to be unrecognisable from the rather large baby that appeared in May.  Libby also had her eye operation in June, so you may notice from looking back at old photos on the blog that her eyes are now dramatically better, certainly good enough to…

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Streaking into January

To say I’ve overindulged during the festive period would be an understatement. I don’t even dare stand on the scales because I’m worried about what I’m going to see.  I know that the natural solution would be to go on a diet, but I’m just no good at those. I usually enter myself into a race at around this time of year, not to race in now but one that doesn’t take place until the summer. It gives me something to aim for and keeps my fitness going through the rest of the winter. The problem is this year, I…

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